A MAN has been charged and two others arrested after a series of drugs raids in Basingstoke.

Brendan Gurski, 27, from London, has been charged with two counts of possession of a Class A drug following his arrest in South Ham on Tuesday, January 14.

He appeared at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court last Thursday and will next appear at Winchester Crown Court on Wednesday, February 12.

On Saturday, January 11, officers arrested a man and a woman from Basingstoke after receiving a tip-off about suspicious activity at a house in Oakridge.

The 44-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to supply Class B drugs and permitting the use of a house for the supply of Class B drugs, and the 40-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to produce Class B drugs.

Both have been bailed until Tuesday, April 8, pending further enquiries.

On the same day, officers carried out a search warrant at a house in Quilter Road, Brighton Hill, Basingstoke. A 38-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man, both from Basingstoke, were cautioned for possession of a Class B drug.

Police have also made arrests in Andover and Winchester to do with drugs supply as part of Operation Fortress, Hampshire Constabulary’s campaign to reduce the harm of drug-related violence.

Anyone with information can call police on 101, or 999 if a crime is in progress.